About Balance Benders


The Value of These Puzzles

Move over Sudoku, here come Balance Benders!  You can use these puzzles as quick, fun logic problems or as stepping-stones to success in algebra.  Students develop deductive thinking and pre-algebra skills as they solve balance puzzles that are more fun and addictive than Sudoku puzzles!  Students must analyze each balance to identify the clues, and then synthesize the information to solve the puzzle.  Try one—and then try to stop!

Teaching Suggestions

Before beginning the puzzles with your student, review the 10 Balance Tips.  Each puzzle’s solution involves one or more of these basic concepts.  Next, work the first puzzle with the student.  After you work the puzzle and identify the correct answers, reread the 10 Balance Tips together to make sure the student is familiar with all of them.  Continue to work through the puzzles together until the student demonstrates the ability to solve puzzles independently.

Once the student is working independently, he or she might occasionally be stumped by a puzzle.  If this happens, you can either ask the student to return to the puzzle later after taking a break, or offer a clue using the Balance Tips.  It often helps to remind students that the joy of puzzles is being puzzled.  Do your best to keep these puzzles fun, and remember that it is just as important to praise perseverance as it is to praise the correct answer.


Written by
Robert Femiano

Software Created by
Terry McDonaldJesse Spinella

Graphic Design by
Trisha DreyerScott Slyter
Karla GarrettChip Dombrowski
Annette Langenstein

ISBN - 978-1-60144-392-2


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Balance Tips

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  • Select a shape/number from the top of the Fact Worksheet.
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  • Select a Fact Worksheet place holder where you want the shape/number to appear.
  • Shapes will apply immediately.  The Number option will prompt you for the number to display.


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  • Touching a place holder with the same shape that is selected at the top will reset the place holder to blank.
  • Touching a place holder with nothing selected at the top will reset the place holder to blank.
  • Touching a place holder that contains a shape that is different than what is selected at the top will change the place holder to the newly selected shape.
  • Touching the curved arrow to the right of an equation will reset that equation.
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